Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response Program (PHEPR)

Preparing for, responding to, and assisting in the recovery of natural and human-caused public health incidents and threats.

Program Overview

The Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response program at Spokane Regional Health District works with other public health staff, healthcare providers and community agencies to respond effectively to public health emergencies in and around Spokane County.

It is important to understand the threat and hazards to our community in order to be prepared and recover quickly if a public health event strikes Spokane County and surrounding areas.

The program is funded through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and managed by Washington State Department of Health.

Winter Preparedness

Preventing Winter Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Each year, more than 400 Americans die from unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning not linked to fires. Additionally, more than 20,000 visit the emergency room, and more than 4,000 are hospitalized. CO is an odorless, colorless gas. The majority of these cases occur in the winter, when CO builds up indoors and people and animals breathe it in. This can happen when fumes from burning fuel in cars or trucks, small engines, stoves, lanterns, grills, fireplaces, gas ranges, or furnaces builds up in indoors. Frequently asked questions about carbon monoxide poisoning can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Cold Weather Safety for Outdoor Workers

Workers in cold environments may be at risk of cold stress. Exposure to cold can be an uncomfortable and potentially dangerous situation. For outdoor workers, what constitutes cold stress and its effects can vary across different areas of the country. In regions where workers are unaccustomed to winter weather, near freezing temperatures are considered factors for cold stress. Whenever outdoor temperatures drop significantly below normal and wind speed increases, heat more rapidly leaves the body. Serious health problems can occur when the body is unable to stay warm enough. When you must work in the cold, always be prepared and be aware. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers suggestions on how to be prepared and aware.

Prepare Your Home

Winter is coming. As the coldness looms it is important to prepare residences for potential damage. This checklist of inspections and maintenance tasks will help you stay warm and safe this winter. 

Prepare Your Car

When temperatures start dropping it is time to winterize your vehicle. Preparing well in advance of harsh conditions is the best way to avoid problems.

Be Informed

ALERT Spokane is Spokane County's public alert and warning message system. Register to stay updated and informed of hazards and emergencies as they happen. 

For more information on small steps you can take to be prepared, visit

Do 1 Thing

Do 1 Thing is a 12-month program that makes it easy to prepare for emergencies or disasters.

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